Sarah and Chris are ecologists and homesteading farmers, living and working in the beautiful Appalachians of Eastern Kentucky. Before starting the farm, we were research scientists and obsessed travelers. Most recently, Chris studied reforestation and mycorrhizal fungus in Ecuador and Sarah studied hummingbirds and insects on coffee farms in Mexico. We are inspired by the incredibly diverse farms we have visited in our travels and our goals to live simply and harmoniously with the earth. As farmers, we apply our experience as ecologists by managing our farm in a way that utilizes the natural cycles of the earth rather than fighting against them. And we’re learning new lessons in ecology everyday as active stewards of the land.
How did we come to our focus on herbs? I’ve come back to this question many times and there are really a lot of answers. It’s the culmination of many tiny threads that have brought us here. One of those threads is a desire to be part of a resilient, self-sufficient community and recognizing the value of producing local medicine. Another is a sense of practicality, in that growing perennial herbs helps us overcome some of the specific challenges of farming in Central Appalachia. And more, learning about herbs and plants in general really, has been a great remembering for me. It has ignited something deep in me that I can’t shake and the plants just keep leading me to learn more and more.
Our farm is located just an hour from where we grew up, in Beattyville, Kentucky. We grow herbs on about an acre, tend a mini-orchard and flock of ducks + chickens, and steward a beautiful chunk of the Daniel Boone National Forest along the North Fork of the Kentucky River. We take stewardship quite seriously and make great efforts to live in reciprocity with this land. We do this work because we believe it is the best use of our skills and resources to support a world that is more sustainable and more just. We believe everyone has gifts to share with the world, and this is the expression of ours.